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HJ 689 Medical doctors; Joint Commission on Health Care to study current and impending shortage in State.
SUMMARY AS PASSED HOUSE: (all summaries)
Study; severe shortage of medical doctors; report. Directs the Joint Commission on Health Care to study the current and impending severe shortage of medical doctors in Virginia. In conducting its study, the Commission shall (i) determine whether a shortage of medical doctors exists in the Commonwealth, by specialty and by geographical region; (ii) project the future need for medical doctors in Virginia over the next 10 years by field of specialty; and (iii) identify and assess factors that contribute to the shortage of medical doctors, including medical school admissions, the costs of medical education, and the effect of excessive malpractice insurance premiums, malpractice laws and caps, the shortage of nurses, and ancillary regulations such as the Certificate of Public Need; and (iv) identify the medical specialty fields primarily affected by the shortage of doctors and recommend ways to alleviate such shortages. The Commission must submit its preliminary findings and recommendations to the 2014 Session of the General Assembly and its final findings and recommendations to the 2015 Session.